SAFE Announcements and Events:
- Keeping Safety and Integrity in the Food Chain: A View from Many Sides.
26 and 27 March 2015 in Bilbao Spain
A SAFE CONSORTIUM WORKSHOP
at the International Conference "ASSURING THE INTEGRITY OF THE FOOD CHAIN"
Visit the Conference website here.
Food integrity and food authenticity are new buzz words, defined in part as undiminished foods that are in perfect condition. The SAFE consortium message is that food safety is an integral part of food integrity: a food whose origin is unknown cannot be assured to be safe. At this workshop, leading research scientists, industry representatives, consumer groups and regulators will address the intersection of food safety and food integrity.
Download the final programme here.
- SAFE EVENT 2014 : Food Integrity : Beyond Authenticity and Safety.
17 September 2014, Brussels.
Food Integrity is a new buzz and those working in the area are still deciding how to define it. 'The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished or in perfect condition' is the working definition from the EU-funded Food Integrity project given to open the SAFE consortium Event last week in Brussels.
Speakers from industry, consumer groups, research and regulatory agencies talked about preventing food adulteration and managing food integrity challenges. Testing is of course necessary and SAFE member Nestlé Research Group does a lot of it: more than 5 million tests/year for microbes, persistent organic pollutants, veterinary drugs, et al. But, as John O’Brien from Nestlé Research Group said, ‘testing is not a strategy’. In fact, the strategy is consumer focus and prevention of food integrity crises.
- Satiety: From Origins To Applications
on Tuesday 3 March 2015
Download the leaflet, including the full programme and registration information, here.
This event is organsied by the UK Association for the Study of Obesity in conjunction with two EU Framework 7 projects: SATIN and Full4Health.
- Shaping the Future of Food Safety, Together
EFSA is holding its 2nd Scientific Conference
in MILAN ITALY
on 14-16 October 2015
in the context of World EXPO 2015
The conference is free of charge
Abstracts for poster présentations are being accepted until 3 APRIL
Link to the conference website here.
- SAFE Event 2015. VOTE NOW
SAFE consortium members are hard at work planning the SAFE Event 2015. The time will be June 2015, the location to be determined. The topic is under review... what is currently on the public's mind in regards to food safety? SAFE members have given their thoughts and we now have two topics. Log in as a SAFE member and cast your vote.
SAFE Food Safety News - April 2012
Welcome to our unscientific collection of food safety stories on the internet this month. Please read more. This month we have links to articles on
- Uptake of coccidiostats in vegetables: ESFA report
- EFSA to evaluate low dose BPA ‘hypothesis’
- UK research firm developing ‘invisible’ coating for meat
- Research database reveals ingredients most prone to food fraud
- EFSA and EU Member States work together to tackle Schmallenberg virus
- New EU project gets to grips with globetrotting germs
Uptake of coccidiostats in vegetables: ESFA report 2 May 2012, ELIKA
This project aimed to obtain experimental data related to the uptake of coccidiostatsauthorised in the European Union particularly in vegetables grown on poultry manure-amended soils. An animal trial (poultry) and a plant trial (carrot, lettuce, potato, tomato andcourgette) were performed.
EFSA Report: Coccidiostats in Vegetables
EFSA to evaluate low dose BPA ‘hypothesis’ 25 April 2012, FoodQualityNews.com
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has begun work on a new BPA risk assessment focussing on the low dose effects of the packaging chemical.
EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CE F) has been tasked with evaluating the relevance low dose BPA related effects observed in rodents and the relevance to human health.
The current European Union (EU) BPA Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) is 0.05mg/kg. EFSA has updated its scientific advice on BPA several times since and reconfirmed the TDI.
In addition to the assessment, EFSA has set a date for a meeting of international experts to debate recent scientific evidence of low dose BPA effects and the challenges this poses for risk assessment.
For the first time, EFSA has taken low dose BPA effects into account.
UK research firm developing ‘invisible’ coating for meat 24 April 2012, FoodQualityNews.com
A UK research firm is in the early stages of creating an “invisible” film coating for meat to extend shelf life with the aim of eliminating primary packaging.
Pepceuticals edible meat coating will contain antimicrobial peptide properties as part of a European project targeting an extension in product shelf life and a reduction in petroleum-based packaging.
Research database reveals ingredients most prone to food fraud 6 April 2012, FoodQualityNews.com
The first ever public database compiling reports on global food fraud and economically motivated adulteration has highlighted olive oil, milk and honey as just a few of the most vulnerable targets. The report also claims that past issues of adulteration could have been prevented if such data had been available earlier.
EFSA and EU Member States work together to tackle Schmallenberg virus 2 April 2012, EFSA
Today, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its second report on the Schmallenberg virus (SBV). The virus, that to date has been identified in eight EU Member States, can affect domestic and wild ruminants, leading in some cases to severe birth defects. Although uncertainties and gaps in data remain, today’s report importantly shows that when based on worst case scenario assumptions, the number of infected ruminants is low compared to the total number of these animals in each Member State.
New EU project gets to grips with globetrotting germs 19 March 2012, Cordis News
As Germany was struck by a devastating Escherichia coli (E. coli) crisis in June 2011, the dangers of transferring life-threatening disease-causing germs in food from one country to another once again hit the headlines. Despite the alarm however, until now very few studies have been carried out into the actual danger posed by germs that enter the EU along with food. STEP is a new EU-funded project that hopes to tackle pesky pathogens like E. coli head on.
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